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you about Cholesterol Guidelines – Your Roadmap to Heart Health.
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But back to our topic. Learning the basic cholesterol guidelines
is the first step in reducing your risk for heart attack or stroke. And if you don’t know
anything about cholesterol guidelines or blood lipid readings you are not alone. In fact
once you get past the term cholesterol, most haven’t had cause to delve deeper into the
world of cholesterol and cholesterol health. Cholesterol itself is a Jeckel and Hide type
of character. On one hand it is essential for hormone production and cell health and
on the other hand it can cause life threatening conditions such as heart attack and stroke.
In fact, the higher your blood cholesterol level, the greater your chance of developing
heart disease or having a heart attack. It is also important to point out that as we
age our cholesterol reading tend to become less predictable, often times seeing overall
cholesterol rise while good cholesterol (HDL) decreases. This could partly explain why the
majority of the one million heart attacks last year, and the half million fatalities,
were people over the age of 50. The unpredictability of cholesterol makes
testing a necessary part of management. Knowing the basic cholesterol guidelines is also an
important part of understanding whether you are at risk or not. According to American
Heart Association everyone over the age of 20 should have a detailed blood test called
a lipoprotein profile performed at least once every five years. If your test results showed
cholesterol levels on the rise your doctor will likely suggest a number of diet and lifestyle
adjustments with another lipid profile being scheduled in four to six months. It lifestyle
an diet modification fail to show the expected results your doctor may suggest a cholesterol
lowering medication to bring cholesterol readings into a healthy range. While effective, keep
in mind that prescription medications come with a long list of side effects with the
most common being nagging muscle aches, pains, and cramping. Basic cholesterol guidelines. Overall total cholesterol: Less than 200 mg/dl
is optimal, 200 – 239 if borderline high, and anything over 240 is considered high and
requires some type of immediate action. Good cholesterol (HDL): Good cholesterol consists
of high density lipoprotein particles which are high in protein and low in fat. They take
cholesterol out of the body and help clear existing arterial plaque. Many consider this
to be the most important of all the cholesterol scores. A reading over 60 is considered optimal,
50 – 60 good, 40 – 50 borderline, and anything under 40 will require some type of immediate
action. Bad cholesterol (LDL): Bad cholesterol is
primary a fatty molecule that carries cholesterol into your arteries and roughs up the artery
walls. This combination provides the backdrop for dangerous arterial plaque deposits. It
only makes good health sense to reduce and maintain this part of your cholesterol scores
into a heart healthy range. Less than 100 is considered very good, 100 – 129 is above
average, 130 – 159 is borderline high, 160 – 189 is high, and anything over 190 is considered
dangerous and will require immediate action. Triglycerides: Triglycerides are early stage
fat molecules and are considered to be a serious threat. A reading of under 150 is considered
good, 150 – 199 borderline high, and anything over 200 is considered dangerous and my require
immediate action. In summary, your cholesterol guidelines are
your roadmap to heart and artery health. Additionally, many have found they need a little extra boost
to achieve their goals but are leery of the latest batch of prescription medications.
For these individuals natural cholesterol reducing supplements are a safe and effective
natural option worth considering. That’s it! Thank you.
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